The president called for action toward a clean energy future in his first nationally televised address from the Oval Office, saying, "The tragedy unfolding on our coast is the most painful and powerful reminder yet that the time to embrace a clean energy future is now." While the US consumes more than one-fifth of the world's oil, the nation has less than two percent of the world's oil reserves. This discrepancy is "part of the reason oil companies are drilling a mile beneath the surface of the ocean– because we're running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water." Obama also called upon Congress to move forward on energy and climate legislation. "Last year, the House of Representatives acted on these principles by passing a strong and comprehensive energy and climate bill– a bill that finally makes clean energy the profitable kind of energy for America's businesses." Although there are costs to making the transition, he said, "I say we can't afford not to change how we produce and use energy – because the long-term costs to our economy, our national security, and our environment are far greater." Since 2003, Carbonfund.org has become the leading nonprofit climate change solutions organization, with a mission to help you reduce your climate impact and hasten the transition to a clean energy future. Please take action now, or learn more about the clean, renewable energy projects that Carbonfund.org supports. You can find the full text of the president's address by clicking here. Image Credit: Alex Brandon/AP
Tuesday, 15 June 2010 12:48

Obama Calls for Clean Energy Future

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In an email to supporters, President Obama called for a clean energy future and said, "our continued dependence on fossil fuels will jeopardize our national security. It will smother our planet. And it will continue to put our economy and our environment at risk." In addition to reducing the nation's dependence on fossil fuels, he emphasized the need to "make everything -- from our homes and businesses to our cars and trucks -- more energy-efficient." He warned, "But if we refuse to heed the warnings from the disaster in the Gulf -- we will have missed our best chance to seize the clean energy future we know America needs to thrive in the years and decades to come." You can help hasten our transition to a clean energy future by supporting renewable energy and other innovative carbon reduction projects now. Learn more about the renewable energy projects Carbonfund.org supports here. Tonight the president will give his first nationally televised address from the Oval Office at 8pm ET on the oil spill and next steps. You can read the text of his email at this link.
11 million gallons: That’s the amount of crude oil that spilled in the 1989 Exxon Valdez incident. Up to 84 million gallons: This is the amount of oil estimated to have spilled from the BP oil well ruptured on April 20. According to new estimates released by U.S. government scientists, the ruptured BP oil well has leaked from four to eight times the amount of oil that was spilled in 1989. And there is no indication yet that the spill will be fully contained in the near future. The priority has been to stop the leak, that much is clear. But we must also consider the long-term implications here as well. In order to ensure that a similar environmental disaster doesn't occur again, we must look to clean energy solutions to help meet our nation's and world's energy needs. Learn more on how you can support clean energy projects here.
Friday, 11 June 2010 16:46

Climate Change Risks Further Spread of Diseases

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Scientists have found that malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and even the human plague may be advancing northward with rising temperatures. An independent group of 26 national science academies in the European Union, the European Academies Science Advisory Council issued a report, saying, "fundamental influences of climate change on infectious disease can already be discerned.” The spread of disease is from insects that are maturing faster and producing more offspring in higher temperatures. While the European scientists cautioned against assuming a direct causal link between the diseases advancing and global warming-- the Council’s chairman said the risk was undeniable, and he called for further study based on this research. Moreover, the Council noted that “it is likely that new vectors and pathogens will emerge and become established in Europe within the next few years.” With global temperatures rising, the spread of disease is but one of the serious public health concerns. So are flooding, heat waves, scarcity of drinking water in more places on our planet, not to mention rising sea levels and its problems that affect large cities and populations. Climate change is occurring and will affect everyone in all corners of the planet, unless we further our efforts to fight it together. You can do your part today by reducing your carbon footprint. To read more about the Council’s research,  please see this Reuters article.
Tuesday, 08 June 2010 11:01

5 Ways To Make Your Summer Greener

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1. Avoid Air Conditioning Overkill Yes, I know, air conditioning provides respite from heat waves and dreadful humidity, but we should still take steps to avoid overuse. For starters, turn off the air conditioning when no one is home! It is a waste of energy and your money.  Also, turn the thermostat up a few degrees so that the AC comes on only when it is truly unbearably hot. It will go a long way towards saving cash and protecting the environment.

2. Keep it Local Enjoy local activities like going to the park or spending the day at the beach. Invite your family and friends to make the trip more fun and exciting! Reading a book and playing frisbee is much more environmentally friendly than say, taking a long road trip.

3. Barbecue in Green Style BBQs are a classic summer pastime, but did you know that propane burns much cleaner than wood or charcoal? Keep this in mind the next time you need to  invest in a new grill. Also, use reusable plates and utensils rather than paper or Styrofoam. This cuts down significantly on environmental waste and saves money if you tend to host a lot of BBQs. 4. Easy on the Water It can be tempting to take multiple showers a day during the dog days of summer, but why not cool off by taking a swim instead? If you don’t have your own backyard pool, many towns have community pools or beaches for residents to enjoy. While we’re on the topic of water, try using reusable water bottles as opposed to disposable plastic ones. 5. Travel in an Eco-friendly Way Vacations are a staple of the summer season. The carbon emissions produced from automobiles, trains, and airplanes can be substantial, however.  Here are two ways to plan your vacation to be as green as possible:
  • Fly with Carbonfund.org partners Virgin America or JetBlue
  • Take a train trip with Amtrak
  • Offset your travels on Carbonfund.org with preset or customized options to reduce your carbon footprint while supporting third-party validated carbon reduction projects.
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The Million Tree Challenge lets organizations and individuals donate to plant trees to help reduce climate change, improve air quality and help preserve the Earth's delicate ecosystem. Moreover, we are directing current Million Tree Challenge donations to tree planting in Haiti to help reduce floods and landslides in the earthquake-ravaged country. To learn more or donate to the Million Tree Challenge visit: www.carbonfund.org/trees. A2 Hosting, Inc. is an award winning Linux-based web hosting company providing their customers with 24/7 real support. Their range of services include affordable, developer friendly website hosting for personal homepages up to full service solutions for businesses of all sizes. FutureServe Green Hosting is A2 Hosting's initiative to protect the environment. Some of A2 Hosting's green friendly practices, in addition to their partnership with us, include employee telecommuting practices, recycling older equipment for customers with lower resource needs, using low-voltage Xeon processors and using reusable office supplies.  To learn more visit, please visit www.a2hosting.com.
Since April 20th, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has been spewing tens of thousands of barrels of oil into fragile ecosystems every day. For more than a month BP has tried and failed to stop or slow the gushing well without success (calling a project 'top kill' doesn't exactly inspire confidence). Current attempts to stem the flow of oil may actually increase overall oil flow into the Gulf if the strategies fail, and permanent relief will not be available until August at the earliest--but BP may not have that long. Hurricane season officially starts on June 1st, further complicating BP's efforts to end this environmental disaster. Making matters worse, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting that this year will feature above-average storms; potentially with 14 to 23 named storms between now and the end of the season. If a hurricane threatens the Gulf Coast, all oil spill abatement procedures will have to cease immediately. With so many hurdles in place, it is hard to see an end to this devastating environmental disaster. The real mystery is in the unknown: how long will it take to end the oil spill? What will happen to all the fish and wildlife on the coasts of Florida, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana? What about tourism and the industries that rely on these resources? Stopping the spill will be the first step, but we may have already done too much damage. Moments like these remind me why I support clean, renewable energy. While renewable energies are by no means problem free, you are never going to hear about a never-ending wind turbine disaster or an unstoppable solar panel toxic mess. Every day we continue our reliance on fossil fuels like oil and coal, we are perpetuating an energy system that must take risks like BP took with their Deepwater Horizon rig to continue to be profitable. We must fight for clean energy every day, for change does not come over night, it comes when you add up all those small steps that we have taken after we say "no more dirty energy!" Take a small step today: support clean energy now.